Scared about having surgery

Amy Togtman
By Amy Togtman Latest Reply 2009-05-29 19:20:31 -0500
Started 2009-03-27 19:29:01 -0500

Hi everyone I have to vent to somebody. I just dot out of the hospital a week ago my doctor admitted me cuz he thinks I may have osteomyelitis in my big toe which is an infection in the bone. They watched me for five days and now I have to have a biopsy of the bone which is an actual surgical procedure and I am scared out of my mind cuz I've never had surgery before other than my tonsils out when I was 5 that I only remember having a hard time going under anethesia so I'm worried that I'm gonna have a hard time again! I need to be put at ease about this sorry guys I'm a big baby when it comes to this.


34 replies

mamaoak
mamaoak 2009-05-29 19:20:31 -0500 Report

try not to worry they my just freez you foot for this. i hope so. i always get sick too. hope all goes well for you. hugs

alwaystryin
alwaystryin 2009-05-29 09:48:37 -0500 Report

Remember…(WE) Diabetics are out to tell (IT)diabetes that WE are not afraid of IT anymore. IT better be afraid of US!

lipsie
lipsie 2009-04-17 01:50:17 -0500 Report

Hey girlie!!! Congrads that you made it thru it just fine!! I knew you could go thru w/ it just fine, hope you start to feel more like yourself soon but prolly take a little time hun. *Hugs* Get plenty of rest, lots of pain pills too, lol Just messing!! Take care. Love yassssssss Sheila

cyncyn
cyncyn 2009-04-16 23:33:40 -0500 Report

Amy,
glad to hear everything went well for you. girl, you're not a big baby. we all go thru the same apprehension. i've had 2 spinal fusions, goin in for the 3rd soon. i know what to expect, but still have the same feelings, each time. now my son today, has to have gall bladder out. he's 27, 6'3" and 250 lbs. now he was some what a baby. so don't think nothing of it.
glad things went well cyndi

Amy Togtman
Amy Togtman 2009-04-16 16:19:12 -0500 Report

HI EVERYONE I JUST HAD SURGERY THIS PAST TUESDAY APRIL 14TH AND IT WASNT AS BAD AS I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE. I AM IN ALOT OF PAIN THOUGH AND NOT FEELING LIKE MYSELF I GO BACK TO THE DOCTOR ON THE 21ST OF APRIL TO GET THE RESULTS OF THE BIOPSY AND WHAT THE NEXT STEP IS GOING TO BE SO I ILL KEEP U ALL UPDATED ON MY CONDITION AS I FIND OUT SO TAKE CARE AND ILL TALK TO U ALL LATER

LOVE, AMY

2009-04-16 20:12:34 -0500 Report

hugs Amy!!! Glad to hear you are home!!!! Keep us posted!!! hugs, legs

dyanne
dyanne 2009-04-17 01:53:41 -0500 Report

Hi Amy so glad you did it !!!! You must be so relieved that this part is over. I'am so glad u didn't think it was so bad.
Sorry you are in pain but at least they can give you something for that. By the way my ex husband went through very simular surgery about a year ago. His may have been more intense. He was in the hospital for almost a week. They did remove the infected bone in his foot and his toe is now in a bit of a different spot. He is doing well and has not had another problem. I know its a bit of a recovery but u will fine. Good luck and take care.
Hugs dyanne

2009-03-31 20:37:59 -0500 Report

Amy, if it helps, just keep saying over and over to yourself, "I'm a big brave dog, I'm a big brave dog"! Works like a charm, and if you growl at the doctor, just tell em your a big brave dog!!! HUGS

Debi Ann
Debi Ann 2009-03-31 19:57:45 -0500 Report

Amy,

We both have alot to deal with. I am new to this site, so I do not know the ins and outs yet, but I'd like to talk to you if you concur. Let me know and I can call you.

Hope to hear from you soon
Debi Ann

Debi Ann
Debi Ann 2009-03-31 19:52:07 -0500 Report

I understand completely, I have had several surgeries in the past 4 years and I found out today that on April 30th I will be starting the process all over again. I find that I have to take things moment by moment. I also take alot of deep relaxing breaths. It is stressful especially when you have to wait. Hang in there and take care of yourself by trying to remain as calm as possible.
God Bless You
Debi Ann

Frustrated mom
Frustrated mom 2009-03-30 12:39:48 -0500 Report

I think everyone is a little apprehensive about having surgery. I remember when I was 10 and had to have major surgery, they gave me gas, I woke up sicker than a dog, I asked never to give me gas. I have since had many surgeries, and I am always alittle scared, it is normal..You are going to be fine and I will be praying for you. Take a deep breath, it is going to be okay…

Tina

Lisa701310
Lisa701310 2009-03-29 10:10:06 -0500 Report

Amy, your only human, of course you will have fears & concerns, that does not make you a big baby. I have had 4 spine surgeries, I was terrified with each one, even though I knew what to expect. I also have trouble being "put under", but after all was done, I came through with flying colors and you will too! I wish you all the best and try (not easily done) to stay calm. Good Luck dear!

Davelenn
Davelenn 2009-03-28 17:30:08 -0500 Report

Hi Amy. I have been an anesthesia technician for 18 years and have seen probably in the area of 20,000 surgeries. During that time there was only one problem from the anesthesia which I can remember. You said you had surgery when you were 5, then this problem will not effect you at all.
You will be taken to the OR and a nurse will come and visit with you. She will ask you a million questions…Maybe not a million…LOL…Then the person who is administring the anesthesia will show up.. Once again a million questions and probably the same ones over again. Tell he and the nurse you are nervous. The anesthesia will slip you some versed into your IV. Versed is like a strong form of valium. You will be wheeled into the OR and you will be asked to move over to an OR table. They will put your arms out to your side and they will strap them down. This is so the IV doesnt kink off. They will also put a strap around your legs to remind you not to fall off the table. So you will be as safe as possible, they will put EKG monitors on you,and a clip on your finger to measure the amount of oxygen in your blood. The anesthesia provider will put the mask over your face and begin giving you medication through your IV. One of the medicines will sting BUT it will only be for a few seconds and then you will be fast asleep. After you are asleep they will put a tube down your throat to allow oxygen to be given directly to your lungs. The nurse will prep your foot, by washing it off. The surgeon will come in and does his part and then after he is satisfied, you will be awakened and taken to the recovery room. You will stay in there for 45 minutes to 1 hour and then back up to your room.
All of this is assuming you are having a general anesthestic given. They can also do Monitored Anesthesia Care, where they give you medicines to relax you and the surgeon puts a nerve block in the foot, or toe. Another possiblity is a spinal or an epidural as well. The last possiblity is a local. The surgeon puts a block into your foot and you are awake. You will also be given something to relax you as well.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me. You may e-mail me if you would like as well.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-03-28 17:36:03 -0500 Report

So great to have you on the site and to give this information and assurance to Amy. I'm sure this will ease her fears.

2009-03-28 17:49:16 -0500 Report

Ditto Diane. It's great to have someone with this background and knowledge here! Thank you, Angie

Amy Togtman
Amy Togtman 2009-03-31 19:09:53 -0500 Report

THANK U SO MUCH DAVE U HAVE HELPED ME ALOT BY TELLING ME WHAT MAY GO ON DURING SURGERY.I JUST WENT TO THE DOCTOR TODAY AND THEY R GOING TO CALL ME TOMORROW AND SCHEDULE THE SURGERY SO HE SAID THAT I WILL BE AWAKE AND HE WILL GIVE ME SOMRTHING TO RELAX AND NUMB UP MY TOE AND MAKE A BIG INCISION ACROSS MY TOE AND CUT OFF THE INFECTED BONE AND THAT IT WILL BE A SAME DAY SURGERY. THANK U SOOO MUCH FOR UR HELP!

AMY

2009-03-27 22:49:29 -0500 Report

Amy, don't worry yourself too much, I've had 9 surgeries, and have been knocked out totally for the majority of them, and they all came off without a hitch!!

Just consider when they knock you out, that it will be the BEST nap you've ever had!!!

Hugs, and good luck!!

dyanne
dyanne 2009-03-28 01:15:13 -0500 Report

Amy try not to worry too much. I have gone under at least 4 times and before you know it you will be in the recovery room !! They will give you something first to calm you down before they bring you into the operating room. Once you have that you wont feel scared anymore. When you get in the OP room they will ask you to count back wards from 100… you will probably get to 98 , maybe and then you will take a nice nap !!! You wont believe it when they tell you that your all done !!! Good luck to you and feel free to ask any questions.
You will be fine. God bless dyanne

dyanne
dyanne 2009-03-28 01:16:18 -0500 Report

Amy try not to worry too much. I have gone under at least 4 times and before you know it you will be in the recovery room !! They will give you something first to calm you down before they bring you into the operating room. Once you have that you wont feel scared anymore. When you get in the OP room they will ask you to count back wards from 100… you will probably get to 98 , maybe and then you will take a nice nap !!! You wont believe it when they tell you that your all done !!! Good luck to you and feel free to ask any questions.
You will be fine. God bless dyanne

dyanne
dyanne 2009-03-28 01:17:02 -0500 Report

Amy try not to worry too much. I have gone under at least 4 times and before you know it you will be in the recovery room !! They will give you something first to calm you down before they bring you into the operating room. Once you have that you wont feel scared anymore. When you get in the OP room they will ask you to count back wards from 100… you will probably get to 98 , maybe and then you will take a nice nap !!! You wont believe it when they tell you that your all done !!! Good luck to you and feel free to ask any questions.
You will be fine. God bless dyanne

Amy Togtman
Amy Togtman 2009-03-28 02:04:18 -0500 Report

Thanks dyanne for them comforting words i feel a little bit calmer

Sally
Sally 2009-03-28 14:38:26 -0500 Report

Amy I had my first surgery ever about a year ago, it was for gallbladder removal and a liver biopsy. I am super sensitive to all medications and was worried sick. (sicker!). I have a hard time waking up if I take a half of a muscle relaxer, so the thought of anaesthsia had me scared. But, all I asked for one of those patches that goes behind your ear to keep the dizziness and nausea down. Then, when I went in, they gave me something to calm me down. I remember getting on the table, and the nurses hooking up some IV's and then they put the mask on my face. I remember looking around and then having the nurse tell me it was over. It felt that quick. As far as waking up, within an hour I was sitting up in bed, talking with family and within two hours I was walking on my own to the bathroom. I had no nausea or vomitting or even pain. I was really impressed at how uneventful it was. The only side effects I had were not being able to sleep and frequent urination. I think I was kind of irritated from the catheter. But I felt fine. I was eating normally that evening. My throat was scratchy when I woke up, but that is from the tube in your throat, and I don't remember it going in or coming out. I just know it was there. I think you will do fine, tell the anaesthesiaologist about your fears, they'll do everything they can to put you at ease. And like everyone else on here, I wil be praying for you too!

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2009-03-27 19:50:42 -0500 Report

I hate to hear that you have to go thru surgury. Don't worry yourself to death
as it will cause your BG.to go up. I
know when I needed surgury the Dr. wouldn't do it as my BG we to high. So
just try and not to worry as everything
should be ok. I will be praying for you.
Dan

2009-03-27 20:04:24 -0500 Report

Amy, Daniel is so right. I should have added, the surgery and tests I had were all before I was diagnosed with diabetes. So take care of yourself and that BS! Like I said my prayers are with you! Hugs, Angie

2009-03-27 19:36:46 -0500 Report

Hey Amy. Don't be scared, it's never nearly as bad as you think. I've had 3 major surgeries and have been put to sleep a lot for tests. I'm one of those STRANGE people who like to be put to sleep, lol. I like to fight it to make the doctors mad, lol. I know about your problem with your toe and hoped it wouldn't come to surgery. Since it has, just take a deep breath and try not to worry about it. Just think how much better you will be when it's all said and done. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Let us know how you do! Love u girl! Angie

Amy Togtman
Amy Togtman 2009-03-28 00:56:37 -0500 Report

I will definately keep everyone informed. And if anyone wants to send me a personal message in my inbox I would like that

Amy Togtman
Amy Togtman 2009-03-28 01:16:01 -0500 Report

I will definately keep everyone informed. And if anyone wants to send me a personal message in my inbox I would like that

lipsie
lipsie 2009-03-27 19:36:11 -0500 Report

First off I am very sorry to hear that you are going thru all this mess! I know some people are different with pain levels, with anxiety, etc. But I do worry cuz you have to remember to keep yourself together for your sugar for that is definately something YOU want controlled for surgery. When do they plan on doing this? IF you want I will call you at the hospital and check on you afterwards? I know we don't know one another well but trust me I am a friendly gal and can be fun at times too. I care about people so much. If you want to private msg me, thats cool too. Anyhow, I do wish you well! *Hugs* Sheila

Amy Togtman
Amy Togtman 2009-03-28 00:49:29 -0500 Report

I know that i need to be calm but its hard. The surgery isnt scheduled yet. and that would be great if anyone wants to chat on the phone at anytime cuz I find it hard to get on the computer lately. Send me a private message and well set up something. That goes for anyone What is it like going to sleep for surgery? Anybody want to comment on that?

Thanks, Amy

Amy Togtman
Amy Togtman 2009-03-28 00:50:52 -0500 Report

I know that i need to be calm but its hard. The surgery isnt scheduled yet. and that would be great if anyone wants to chat on the phone at anytime cuz I find it hard to get on the computer lately. Send me a private message and well set up something. That goes for anyone What is it like going to sleep for surgery? Anybody want to comment on that?

Thanks, Amy

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-03-27 19:35:24 -0500 Report

You certainly are not a big baby, Amy. No one looks forward to something like that - even being in the hospital. Try to keep it in perspective, however. This is not as serious as other surgeries you could be dealing with. Doesn't necessarily make it more fun, but less serious. I'm sure it will go fine. Things have come so far in medicine these days that I'm sure you'll do great and come through just fine. You will be in my prayers, and I'm sure in others as well. Be sure to let us know when you get scheduled.